Psalms 37

The Book of Psalms
Chapter 37

Chapter Overview:

David exhorts to patience and confidence in God, ver. 1 - 8.
Shews the different state of the righteous and the wicked, ver. 9 - 40.
A psalm of David.
37:1Fret not - Because they prosper in their wicked enterprizes.
37:5Commit - All thy cares and business, and necessities, commend to God by fervent prayer.
37:6Judgment - It shall be as visible to men, as the light of the sun, at noon - day.
37:7Rest - Do not repine at his dealings, but quietly submit to his will, and wait for his help.
37:8Fret not - Either against the sinner for his success; or against God. Do evil - If grief arise in thee, take care that it do not transport thee to sin.
37:9The earth - This for the most part was literally fulfilled in that state of the church.
37:10Not be - He shall be dead and gone. Diligently - Industriously seeking him. His place - His place and estate, and glory.
37:11But - Those who patiently bear God's afflicting hand, and meekly pass by injuries. Peace - Partly of outward peace and prosperity, which God in his due time will give them: but principally of inward peace, in the sense of God's favour and the assurance of endless happiness.
37:13His day - The day appointed by God for his punishment or destruction.
37:18Knoweth - Observes with care and affection. The days - All things which befal them, their dangers and fears, and suffering.For ever - To them and their seed for ever: and when they die their inheritance is not lost, but exchanged for one infinitely better.
37:20Fat - Which in an instant melts before the fire.
37:23Established - So that he shall not fall into mischief.
37:24Fall - Into trouble.
37:25Forsaken - These temporal promises, were more express to the Jews in the times of the Old Testament, than to Christians.
37:26Blessed - Not only with spiritual, but with temporal blessings.
37:27Dwell - Thou shalt dwell in the land, and afterwards in heaven.
37:30The mouth - Having shewed, God's singular care over the righteous, he proceeds to give a character of them. Judgment - Of God's judgment, word or law.
37:31Heart - His thoughts, meditations and affections are fixed upon it. Slide - Slide, or swerve, from the rule, from God's law.
37:35Bay - tree - Which is continually green and flourishing even in winter.
37:36Yet - He was gone in an instant. But - There was no monument or remainder of him left.
37:37Peace - Though he may meet with troubles in his way, yet all shall end well.
37:38Together - All without exception.